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  1. a person or thing that sifts.
  2. a kitchen implement for sifting: a flour sifter.
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Origin of sifter

First recorded in 1570–80; sift + -er1
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  • It was lying in the sifter after most of the sand and dust had been blown away.

    Watch the Sky

    James H. Schmitz

  • Dry the bread in the oven and put through food grinder or sifter.

  • Sifter Louisa drew it from among the folds of her long black robes.

    A Life Sentence

    Adeline Sergeant

  • My father, mother, and sifter met the steamer train at Euston.

    I Walked in Arden

    Jack Crawford

  • Among the Cherokees it is common, in asking about the sex of a new arrival, to inquire, Is it a bow or a sifter?

Word Origin and History for sifter


1570s, agent noun from sift (v.).

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